Both selective and nonselective His bundle, but not myocardial, pacing preserve ventricular electrical synchrony assessed by ultra-high-frequency ECG

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      Right ventricular myocardial pacing leads to nonphysiological activation of heart ventricles. Contrary to this, His bundle pacing preserves their fast activation. Ultra-high-frequency electrocardiography (UHF-ECG) is a novel tool for ventricular depolarization assessment.


      The purpose of this study was to describe UHF-ECG depolarization patterns during myocardial and His bundle pacing.


      Forty-six patients undergoing His bundle pacing to treat bradycardia and spontaneous QRS complexes without bundle branch block were included. UHF-ECG recordings were performed during spontaneous rhythm, pure myocardial para-Hisian capture, and His bundle capture. QRS duration, QRS area, depolarization time in specific leads, and the UHF-ECG–derived ventricular dyssynchrony index were calculated.


      One hundred thirty-three UHF-ECG recordings were performed in 46 patients (44 spontaneous rhythm, 28 selective His bundle, 43 nonselective His bundle, and 18 myocardial capture). The mean QRS duration was 117 ms for spontaneous rhythm, 118 ms for selective, 135 ms for nonselective, and 166 ms for myocardial capture (P < .001 for nonselective and myocardial capture compared to each of the other types of ventricular activation). The calculated dyssynchrony index was shortest during spontaneous rhythm (12 ms; P = .02 compared to selective and P = .09 compared to nonselective), and it did not differ between selective and nonselective His bundle capture (16 vs 15 ms; P > .99) and was longest during myocardial capture of the para-Hisian area (37 ms; P < .001 compared to each of the other types of ventricular activation).


      In patients without bundle branch block, both types of His bundle, but not myocardial, capture preserve ventricular electrical synchrony as measured using UHF-ECG.


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